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Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group

CCG encourages people to plan their end of life care

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Dying Matters Awareness Week, a national campaign organised by Dying Matters is taking place from the
9 -15 May.

NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week 2016 to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement to make sure their end of life wishes are met.

The theme of this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week is ‘The Big Conversation’, a call to action urging members of the public to make their wishes known and take a few practical steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones.

The simple steps are:
  • Write your will
  • If you need to, make financial plans to ensure those close to you are protected
  • Plan for future care and support, including advanced decision planning of treatments you wish to refuse at any point in the future
  • Record your funeral wishes
  • Register as an organ or tissue donor, and share this decision with loved ones

Research commissioned by Dying Matters shows that only 27% of people have let someone know their funeral plans, only 38% of people have written a will and fewer than 10% of people have written down their wishes or preferences about the care they would want.

Dr Simon Rumley, Chair and Clinical Lead for NHS Wyre Forest CCG said:

“We’re proud to be supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week as it’s really important that people express their end of life wishes to their friends, family and loved ones.

“It’s never easy to talk about dying and death, but hopefully Dying Matters Awareness Week will give people the confidence they need to have the appropriate conversations to make sure arrangements are in place.”

For more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week, visit: www.dyingmatters.org/BigConversation

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